Cosmonaut to Serve as TASS Correspondent on ISS Mission Next Month

Spaceflight participant Yozo Hiro, Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin and spaceflight participant Yusaku Maezawa. (Credit: Roscosmos)

The government-owned TASS Russian News Agency reports that it will have cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin serve as its correspondent during a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) next month.

The first TASS correspondent onboard the orbital outpost will be Hero of Russia, cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin. His task will be to report on the space station’s daily routine. His reports will be available to the agency’s readership from TASS news resources and his photo and video contributions will be uploaded to the agency’s website and official pages on social media.

[TASS Director General Sergei] Mikhailov said TASS always seeks to be wherever breaking news happens.

“Previously, we were limited to our planet. TASS is present in all regions of Russia and in more than 60 countries. In the coming years their numbers will increase. We’ve eyed the idea that outer space may be the target of our news expansion, and I am very glad that cooperation with the Roscosmos Corporation has taken shape very quickly and harmoniously,” he said. “We consider it to be an incredible honor to regard Russian cosmonauts as our colleagues. We will be looking forward to news and amazing snapshots from orbit.”

Misurkin will command the Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft that will transport Japanese billionaire Yusako Maezawa and his assistant, Yozo Hirano, to ISS on Dec. 8. The crew will stay aboard for 12 days before returning to Earth.